Types of Mayor

The three types of Mayor covering Bristol.

Mayor of Bristol

The Mayor of Bristol is directly elected by the people of Bristol. The Mayor leads the council and its councillors, to provide services for the people of Bristol.

Elections for the Mayor of Bristol are held every four years. The last election was in May 2016, when Marvin Rees was elected.

The Mayor is paid £65,738 per year, the same as an MP.

West of England Combined Authority Mayor

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) was established in February 2017.

Tim Bowles, of the Conservative Party, was elected the WECA Mayor on Thursday 4 May 2017.

The WECA is made up of three local authorities:

  • Bristol
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire

North Somerset voted against the WECA.

The WECA makes decisions for the region about:

  • transport
  • housing
  • adult education and skills

These responsibilities have been moved away from Central Government, who will provide £30m a year towards the WECA.

The WECA will be led by the elected WECA Mayor (sometimes referred to as the Metro Mayor). Elections for the WECA Mayor will be held every four years.

Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor carries out ceremonial duties and chairs meetings, including the monthly full council meeting. The Lord Mayor is a serving councillor and is elected by the other councillors. The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol is currently Councillor Lesley Alexander.

Each Lord Mayor serves for one year. After this they usually become the Deputy Lord Mayor.